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Dog owners who won’t pick up their pooch’s poo - they really make me angry

PUBLISHED: 12:25 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:01 22 March 2017

Please, please clear up after your dog. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Please, please clear up after your dog. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Have you seen the East Angrier videos made by our Mustard TV colleagues?

Each week they go out on to the streets to find out what makes locals rage.

“I’m foomin’,” is the catchphrase as the good folk of Norwich and Norfolk let rip.

I’m generally a pretty laid-back, relaxed sort of chap.

My fuse is fairly long. Not too much gets my goat.

Dog owners who don’t clear up their mess, though. Now I’m feeling my traditionally moderate blood pressure rising rapidly.

I’ve got a dog. Little Scruffy has to follow the course of nature as much as the next four-legged friend.

So many owners I come across on the roads, paths, beaches and heaths of our beautiful county are very responsible.

They carry the little bags and pick up the parcels their pooches drop off.

I have no evidence, but it seems that we have more poo bins than ever before.

There is no mitigation for those who chose to leave the mess for others to walk in.

It can be dangerous. The potential health risks of mess are very well known.

Standing in poo is also really, really unpleasant.

I was interested to read yesterday that a couple in North Norfolk were fined following a campaign to shame dog owners was started by two cafe owners.

They posted pictures of offenders on Facebook and also took down the registration number of the owners, which was given to the local council along with CCTV footage.

I hope more fed-up business owners and other residents follow their lead (no dog pun intended). I also trust that authorities will show equal determination to stamp this out.

Surveillance is to be welcomed. Enforcement is crucial.

What I want to see more than anything is dog owners all being thoughtful and responsible.

It isn’t difficult.

Even if you are out without bags, there are ways to deal with that unexpected delivery.

In an emergency, you can dispose of mess where people don’t go.

One other thought is to set up a hotline to ring to report offenders. And the number? K-999 of course....

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